Hotel Gran Bilbao has been awarded the “Family Hotel of the Year” in the Global Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017. An award that we believe is well deserved, as well, the hotel is rated #2 out of 43 hotels by TripAdvisor.
Location of Hotel Gran Bilbao
Just a Euro 25 taxi fare from the airport Hotel Gran Bilbao is a good quality 4-star hotel 500m from the historical centre of Bilbao. Expansive views over the countryside gives the guest a feeling of being out in the country, when in fact, all it takes is a 10 minute walk and you are in the heart of Bilbao.
Bus #77 outside the hotel is available for transport to the city.
Atxuri Metro Station is just a 10-minute walk.
Bilbao’s most famous tourist attraction the Guggenheim Museum is 3km away.
The Port of Bilbao is located 15.32km away.
Secure parking is available, reservation is not required. Daily rate Euros 14. (2016)
A very smooth check in at 6pm by the Reception staff even with a coach load of travellers checking in at the same time. A local map was handed to us with clear explanations of local transport and sights to see in Casco Viejo (Old City) and walking times and distances.
As we opened the door to our bedroom we were in awe. We had been upgraded to the Hotel’s suite – one of the largest in Bilbao we found out later, when we met with Raul Amestoy Lara, Sub-Director of the hotel, measuring 75m square.
Our suite featured a separate seating area with a sofa, flat-screen TV and city views.
The very large bathroom was to die for, a large hot tub with a girl’s best friend – luxury toiletries by Bvlgari. We even had our own private dressing room. It would have to be something very special for us to leave this hotel – well in fact, it was – a repositioning cruise to Panama 4 days later.
The king size white leather bed had luxurious linen and many comfortable pillows.
A buffet breakfast was served downstairs, on the same level as Reception. A large modern, well-planned breakfast restaurant with large windows offering expansive views over the countryside.
Hotel Gran Bilbao’s breakfast is a legend in Bilbao offering good quality local produce, a large selection of cold meats and cheeses, pastries, high quality cooked breakfast items, a good selection of cereals and fruit, local sparkling wine and juices and of course good coffee.
The Gym has all the equipment you need for a great work out. Large windows gave the Gym a large and airy feeling, in fact, it was a pleasure to be able to have a good workout in a very clean area.
Wifi was free and strong in all areas.
Why We Chose Hotel Gran Bilbao
We were departing from Bilbao Port on a Repositioning Cruise from Bilbao Spain to Colon in Panama. We were keen to find a well-located hotel that would be suitable for cruise passengers to enjoy pre-cruising and post cruising. Hotel Gran Bilbao fitted our criteria and had consistent excellent hotel reviews through all booking engines and had maintained its #2 rating in TripAdvisor.
General Information on the Hotel
The Hotel Gran Bilbao has a total of 202 rooms and 7 large function rooms that can cater for up to 300 people.
The Gran Bilbao’s restaurant serves a high-quality Basque-inspired menu with locally sourced fresh produce and wine.
We would give Hotel Gran Bilbao a 4.5 star rating based on the following:
- central location, in a quiet area 10 minutes walk from the Historical Centre
- large size rooms, good quality bed and linen, luxury toiletries
- a good quality a la carte breakfast with local produce
- professional efficient staff
- all areas of the hotel were clean and well kept
- strong free wifi
Out of our 3 night stay including breakfast, one night was complimentary. As always, our opinions are our own. We thank Raul Amestoy Lara and his staff for a most enjoyable stay. We look forward to returning and spending more time enjoying the many delights of Bilbao.